The idea for these meatballs came about when the day before I had made some gyoza for dinner. I still had some ground pork leftover and didn't want it to go to waste. I decided to keep the same flavors of the gyoza but just add some bread crumbs and an egg to bind the meatballs together. This turned out to be such a great idea!
It is especially handy to have a new take on meatballs that my family enjoys. It is a fast, healthy and easy dinner to make during the busy weekdays.
If you are gluten free you may choose to use gluten free breadcrumbs or rice to replace the traditional bread crumbs. This is a delicious dish accompanied with a side of rice and roasted vegetables as pictured below:
Pork and Spinach Gyoza Meatballs:
2 heaping cups spinach, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup fresh gluten free bread crumbs or rice
1 pound ground pork or ground turkey
2 tablespoons green onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon mirin
3 cloves garlic, minced
Extra sesame oil for cooking
1. In a small bowl place the finely chopped spinach. Sprinkle salt over the spinach and let sit for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, place the spinach in the middle of 2 paper towels. Over the sink, squeeze the extra liquid out of the spinach before adding it to the meatball mixture.
2. In a medium bowl mix together the spinach with the rest of the ingredients. Mix with your hands- mix thoroughly so that the meat mixture comes together. Form small mini meatballs. You will have 20 or so meatballs.
3. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with sesame oil. Heat the skillet to medium-low. Place 6-8 meatballs at a time in the skillet. Brown on one side, then flip using a spatula to the other. Make sure all sides are browned and the centers of the meatballs are cooked through. This will take a few minutes per batch. When a batch of meatballs is done, place them on a nearby plate. Repeat the process until all of the meatballs are cooked.
4. Serve with rice and roasted vegetables and enjoy!
If this yummy dinner post made you hungry, be sure to pass it on to a meatball-loving friend!